Clinotarsus curtipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Clinotarsus curtipes
Species Authority: (Jerdon, 1853)
Rana curtipes Jerdon, 1853

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed in the Western Ghats of India, from 500-2,000m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
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Population [top]

Population: This is a locally abundant species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial leaf-litter frog, found in a number of tropical forest types (evergreen to semi-evergreen moist forest, and into dry deciduous forest). It is also found in lightly degraded areas. It breeds in natural and artificial waterbodies (in both ponds and large lakes).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is general habitat loss through conversion to agricultural land and plantations (including eucalyptus, coffee and tea), and exploitation of its habitat for timber and wood by local people. Road kill during migration to breeding habitats is also a problem. The larvae of this species are collected for local consumption.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from many protected areas in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa, and it is protected by national legislation.

Citation: S.D. Biju, Sushil Dutta, Robert Inger 2004. Clinotarsus curtipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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